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As users are increasingly disappointed with cable and satellite TV packages, a series of live TV streaming services have been launched online in an attempt to provide alternatives to cable TV. Dish Network first launched Sling TV, then launched many other products, including AT&T, which launched AT&T TV Now in November 2016, formerly known as DirecTV Now.
AT&T TV now launched later than many of its peers, but the service soon catches up. It is currently one of the most popular services of its kind, even in the face of competition from Google's YouTube TV and Hulu + live tv. Although these services are designed to provide a new way to watch live television, AT&T TV now tends to have a more traditional feel, which seems to be working.
What is AT&T TV Now of ATT com MyATT DirecTV
AT&T TV Now, which was called DirecTV Now until August 2019, aims to replace your cable or satellite subscription. You’ll get a ton of channels and a very similar interface, complete with the sort of programming guide you’d see on your cable box. The main difference — apart from the service existing solely online — is that there is no equipment to rent or yearly contracts to worry about.
As with PlayStation Vue, when AT&T TV Now first launched, many wondered how customers would respond to something so similar to the cable and satellite services cord-cutters were fleeing. Now that the service has gained a foothold, AT&T’s plan with AT&T TV Now seems to be paying dividends. Unlike Dish Network, AT&T TV Now is pulling in enough new customers that it is more than making up for the satellite subscribers it is losing.
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When it comes to supporting devices, AT&T Now can broadcast a WAN. From the old Roku to Roku Premiere+, Roku Ultra supports all along, as well as the fourth generation of Apple TV and 4K Apple TV.
As you’d expect, iOS and Android devices are also supported, including support for iOS 9 and up (iPhone 5 or newer). Android devices running Android 4.4 and up are supported, and this includes Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. For computers, Chrome 50 and up and Safari 8 and up are the supported browsers.
AT&T TV Now is catching up with its True Cloud DVR. You’ll sometimes still see this listed as being in beta, but it’s generally functional at this point (more on that in the Viewing Experience section).
AT&T TV Now has limits on both. You’ll get 20 hours of DVR time as part of your subscription, and anything older than 30 days will be automatically deleted.
You can pause and rewind live TV, as well as restart shows in progress. The True Cloud DVR is listed as an Extra on your AT&T TV Now account page, and you can pay $10 for more storage.
A basic AT&T TV Now plans lets you watch on up to two devices at once. You can pay $5 extra per month for an additional stream.
For sports fans in the form of NFL Sunday Ticket, this feature came to AT&T TV Now, though it is currently extremely limited.
Channels and pricing
Keeping its theme of mimicking cable or satellite services in design, AT&T TV Now offers an extensive channel count if you’re willing to pay up.
The service tops out at more than 120 channels, which is more than most people will need — and that count doesn’t include the music channels cable and satellite providers use to bump their channel counts up.
Depending on where you live, you might be able to get a fair number of your local channels through AT&T TV Now as well.
AT&T TV Now offered more local channels in our testing area than competing services. AT&T TV Now provides this handy tool that lets you search for your zip code to see which local channels are available in your area.
Six base packages
There are six base packages available, plus a Spanish language package.
The Plus package is the cheapest at $50 per month for more than 40 channels.
Max is next in line at $70 per month for more than 50 channels.
Entertainment offers more than 65 channels for $93 per month, the Choice package includes 85-plus channels for $110 a month.
Xtra is $124 per month for around 105 channels.
Ultimate tops out at $135 per month for more than 125 channels.
Optimo offers over 90 Spanish language and English language channels for $86 per month.
Both the Plus and Max channels include HBO, and Max adds Cinemax for free. For other packages, you’ll need to add those channels separately and pay the appropriate fees. The full channel lists for each package can be found on AT&T’s website.
Also, several add-on packages and premium channel options are available to supplement the base packages, which are listed below.
HBO $15 per month: Includes HBO, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO GO access, and on-demand content.
Cinemax, $11 per month: Includes Cinemax, MAX GO access, and on-demand content.
Showtime, $11 per month: Includes Showtime, Showtime On Demand
Starz, $11 per month: Includes Starz, Starz Encore, Starz Kids & Family, Starz On Demand
AT&T TV Now Deportes, $5 per month: Includes TyC Sports, Univision Deportes, Fox Deportes, ESPN Deportes
AT&T TV Now Espanol, $15 per month: Includes Univision, Discovery Channel Espanol, Estrella TV, Cinelatino
AT&T TV Now boasts a pleasing user interface that works smoothly on devices like the fourth-generation Apple TV, but it suffers on older devices like the Roku 3. The service is also slow to launch on such devices, and even populating the guide can take a while at first. This seems to smooth out after you’ve been using the app for a while, but it’s something to keep in mind.
AT&T TV Now’s True Cloud DVR works especially well on an Apple TV, complete with the ability to pause and rewind shows, but the same can’t be said across all devices. While choosing shows to record and playing them back on a Roku device worked fine, channels that could be paused on the Apple TV often couldn’t on the Roku. That said, AT&T TV Now still refers to the DVR as being in beta, so we hope to see this get fixed.
Platforms and Streaming
AT&T TV Now is available on a good range of platforms including streaming devices (Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast), mobile devices (iOS and Android—with the NFL limitation I mentioned), and on the web (Chrome and Safari). Notably missing from this lineup are the Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
AT&T TV Now supports two simultaneous streams, but you can pay an additional $5 per month to increase that to three. Hulu + Live TV also only offers two simultaneous streams. YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue respectively support three and five concurrent streams.
AT&T said it would bring 4K content to AT&T TV Now a few years ago, but it still has not arrived on the service. fuboTV is one of the only live TV streaming services we tested that supports 4K resolution for select broadcasts, such as the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
AT&T TV Now's web interface is uninspired and decidedly corporate, with a lot of white space and uniform-looking lists. This is a stark departure from the more elegant looks of Hulu and YouTube TV. At the least, I would like to see a dark mode option. That said, I did not encounter any stutter while navigating the web interface.
If you’re looking for a replacement for traditional cable or satellite TV but want the flexibility a live TV streaming service brings, AT&T TV Now is a solid choice. It even seems to handle local channels better than some of the competition, especially if you don’t live in a major metropolitan area.
Which to select
The closest competitor when it comes to user interface and channel count is PlayStation Vue, but AT&T TV Now offers more channels and a more traditional cable-style interface than even that service. AT&T TV Now has some catching up to do when it comes to its DVR features, but the service has come a long way since its somewhat rocky launch, and we’re much more likely to recommend it now than we were back then.
DirecTV parent company AT&T also currently offers AT&T WatchTV, a lighter service that comes free with some AT&T wireless plans and only costs $15 per month on its own. WatchTV offers a dramatically smaller channel count, but if AT&T TV Now seems like overkill, it may be worth a look.
Before making your decision, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive live TV streaming guide that pits all the major services against each other, feature by feature. If you’re curious about AT&T TV Now, a seven-day free trial is also available so you can evaluate the service without needing to pay right away.
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